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Free public laundries provide a space for women to socialize

It is fascinating to see how free space and service can facilitate socialization of women in traditional societies - such as Diyarbakır, an Eastern-Anatolian city in Turkey.

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When women come together in a somewhat isolated environment, they are more comfortable with sharing knowledge and naturally forming support groups. In Diyarbakır, an Eastern-Anatolian city in Turkey, FES Turkey encourages women's interaction with free public laundries, where they come to wash clothes and meanwhile socialize. What I find most interesting is the men's positive feedback to the project.


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Hans Rosling, a data scientist, also lauds the washing machine as one the greatest inventions of the industrial revolution.

Could the laundry also come with some means (facilities, tasks) to generate income (or payment)? Perhaps some task to be done in the time that they are waiting for their own laundry, such as ironing ( e.g. bedsheets for a hotel?)? Or perhaps, some use of the machines can be exchanged for used cooking oil which is turned to fuel?

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